Being home for the holidays feels even more special after being away at university for most of the year, and it really rings true to me how irrelevant gifts are in the grand scheme of things (although they’re lovely) and the importance of being with loved ones. My family have lived in the same village in Wales for about 7 years, and so it’s the place I associate with the season. We’ve made our Christmas traditions here, like getting drunk and hitting the driving range at the golf club up the road, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
I’ve spent most of the past week uncontrollably laughing, playing board games, drinking prosecco and eating some pretty tasty food (Pam from Gavin and Stacey springs to mind when thinking about my approach to a vegetarian Christmas dinner) and it just wouldn’t have been possible without my amazing family and friends.
My Christmas wasn’t blue with sadness, but this dreamy Paul Smith jacket! It’s not an item of clothing I would usually consider, however I desperately needed a new leather jacket and it really caught my eye. You might know by now that I don’t do things by halves – particularly when it comes to fashion – and that may explain my love for such a bold and statement piece.
I’m not the greatest lover of black skinny jeans, but I find them such an unavoidable wardrobe basic needed to sometimes base an outfit upon. They all inevitably fade so I’ve kind of come to prefer that washed out, grey vibe, and I knew this jacket would spruce up even the dullest of jeans. The fabric is buttery soft and the fit incredible, it’s super warm and the colour is just beautiful, it morphs from the brightest blue to a psychedelic purple depending on the lighting.
This was Jack’s main present to me and I’m over the moon with it; in my usual style it of course wasn’t full price from Paul Smith, but an unbelievable find for £94 in the TK Maxx brand sale! Paul Smith is one of my favourite designers ever and I’ve picked up a few pieces throughout the years in charity shops and from discount retailers and I’m soooo chuffed to have discovered this gem.
It will work for chilled nights out and even throwing some character into a work wardrobe (something I’m dreading contemplating as my sense of style doesn’t really simmer down to office level). The jacket is probably slightly ambitious for winter (in Wales) and will suit the colours and temperature of spring and autumn better. I’m dying to wear it constantly though so I think I’ll be sacrificing my warmth for the good of fashion.
As for the cute blouse, it was a last minute Christmas shopping find in Debenhams and was only £12.50! The starry pattern is dreamy and I love the unusual but subtle ruffle details and flared sleeves that blend into the white chiffon material. I knew it’d be an ideal match underneath the jacket and think they really compliment each other.
So there you have black skinnies done my way: a little more out-there and definitely not boring. I hope you have the loveliest of New Years’ and that 2018 will bring you everything you wish for!